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What's New in Financial Aid and Scholarships


We in the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office (FASO) and Cal Student Central (CSC) are coordinating our efforts to support you and your ability to access our services while also offering some strategies you may find useful during ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) developments and the campus shift to a temporary alternative instruction format.

As long as you remain enrolled in a class through the end of the semester, your financial aid will not be affected by your decision to leave or remain on-campus.

What We Are Doing
CSC is providing online and phone advising for financial aid, registration and billing inquiries through April 7. Please create a case with your inquiry. We are responding to all inquiries within 1-3 business days.  

For those who need additional support, CSC will be referring students to our FASO counseling team for review and response via an online advising format. We have staff dedicated to answering your questions and addressing your concerns daily.

Our Basic Needs and Education Abroad Program teams are poised and ready to support you as this changing situation may impact your abroad and external program experience.

What You Can Do
Activate Direct Deposit to receive refund and emergency loan checks delivered to your bank account electronically.

​Refund checks will be processed once a week and mailed to students, not held at CSC. If you expect to receive a refund check, please review and update your local address in your “Profile” on CalCentral, so we have your correct address.

Apply for an emergency loan via CalCentral if you are experiencing hardship and select the EFT (direct deposit) option. 

Bookmark this page for access to service updates as they become available.

Contact us via phone or online if you or your family have concerns:
Create a case. We will respond to all online inquiries within 1-3 business days.
By Phone: 510.664.9181 We are available weekdays between 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm

Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we want to express our continued commitment to your well-being and our dedication to your success while attending Berkeley. We will be working daily to ensure there is readily available support for all students, especially those in need.

News on What's New!

At the beginning of every term, new information about financial aid emerges. Below are some of the key items you should review to keep a grasp on how financial aid works and is working for you.

Newly Admitted Students

As a new member of the Golden Bear Community, you and your supporters likely have a lot of questions about your financial aid. We understand and we're here to provide you and your supporters all of the important information you need to make your financial decisions. Please review our Newly Admitted Student FAQs to get answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions.

Considering one of the Newly Admitted Student Pathway Programs like Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF), Hong Kong University and/or the Global Edge Program? Our Newly Admitted Student Pathways page provides answers to some frequently asked questions about these options.

2020-21 Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline:

March 2, 2020​

It is important to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act Application as soon as possible to meet all financial aid deadlines. If you file after March 2, some types of financial aid may be limited. For more information, visit the FAFSA website and the Dream Act website.

Our staff is here to guide you and your family through the financial aid process from start to finish. Please complete your aid application and allow the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional support that can support you in achieving your educational goals.

Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for FAFSA filers for the 2020-21 application cycle per the Department of Education. To ensure the accuracy of your FAFSA information, we strongly encourage students and families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the 2020-21 FAFSA application.


Submit Your 2020-21 Verification Documents Today

Did you know that you can submit your 2020-21 verification documents using the Berkeley Financial Aid Forms website now? If you have not registered via the berkeley Financial Aid Forms website, please do that first. This is a one-time process that matches your personal information with your aid application information. Review the instructions for how to register and get a jump start on your 2020-21 verification process today!

Note: Newly admitted students, you may begin submitting documents after accepting your offer of admission and creating your CalNet account via the My Application Portal (MAP@Berkeley).


Emergency Loan Program Dates

The Spring 2020 Emergency Loan application closes on Friday, May 15th. Visit the Short Term Emergency Loan website for more information about Emergency Loans.

What's the Fastest Way to Receive Your Financial Aid Refund?

If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit (a.k.a. Electronic Funds Transfer [EFT]) to receive your refunds directly to your bank account, you can still sign up via CalCentral! Activation may take up to seven business days. Until Direct Deposit/EFT is activated, paper refund checks are printed and held for you to pick up at Cal Student Central. Don't wait in line for a paper check this semester!

Please visit Cal Student Central in 120 Sproul Hall for assistance. 


Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQS

All students are required to have insurance at UC Berkeley. Not all students or families understand how enrolling in SHIP may impact their financial aid. Review our Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQs page for more information on how enrolling and/or waiving out of SHIP may impact your awards.

For 2019-20, SHIP has been added to students' budgets and additional aid has been awarded for those students who have not waived out. Please check your awards in CalCentral for any updates to your awards.

Summer Financial Aid

Thinking about enrolling in a Summer Session and interested in knowing what type of funding is available? If you are an admitted UC Berkeley student enrolled in a minimum of 6 summer units, and meet all other summer eligibility requirements, a financial aid award package will be made available to you on Cal Central in mid-March. Please keep in mind that you will need to file a 2019-20 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application by June 1, 2020 in order for us to determine you eligibility for summer financial aid. If you will be enrolling at another UC campus during the summer and wish to apply for financial aid, you may submit a Summer Intercampus Financial Aid Application.    


Money Management Resources Available

Need help managing your money? Bears for Financial Success is a peer-to-peer program on campus to help you manage your personal finances. You can schedule an appointment with a peer educator or check out our website for more information.